COVID-19 INFORMATION - CITY OF DESOTO
Just checking in to reassure you that TEAM DESOTO is continuing to communicate and coordinate with federal, state, county and other local government officials on the COVID 19 Coronavirus crisis. We, like other cities around the country, are doing our best to take the necessary steps to keep our citizens and others safe. We thank you and our business community for your cooperation and support during this crisis. I know DeSoto is a resilient community and expect that we will not only take care of ourselves, but our response must always include taking care of each other. To that end, we will continue to share information on all City of DeSoto social media platforms, so remain vigilant in monitoring the news disseminated by the City and through the news media. And by all means, be safe and do your best to practice social distancing.
If you have specific questions about access services during this time, please look at the links to the left for more information. You can also view the actual documents and executive orders issued by our Governor and Dallas County.
Please continue to pray for our city, our nation, and the world. And I especially call on everyone to say a “special” prayer for those who have contracted the virus or who have lost loved ones as a result of it. And pray for our medical professionals, first responders and leaders charged with the responsibility of protecting the health and safety of those we serve. God bless you!
Curtistene S. McCowan, Mayor
Here are some helpful links for our residents during these difficult times:
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
COVID-19 Information from Dallas County Health and Human Services
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) serves as DeSoto’s public health department and is providing up-to-date information to residents on COVID-19 (coronavirus). Follow this link to DCHHS information.
Who is at risk?
While most people diagnosed with COVID-19 will present mild symptoms and eventually recover, there are members of the population that are more at risk. The CDC says best evidence available indicates the risk of severe illness begins to increase with people age 50 and increases with age. The highest risk group are persons age 80 and over and those with underlying medical conditions.
How to protect yourself and others
Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to take the following precautions at home, at work or out in the community:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe